2015 BMW 3-Series
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Comfort & Convenience
Concierge Services with Critical Calling
Wherever you travel, friendly Concierge Services representatives assist you with local restaurant and hotel recommendations, movie times and ticket information, flight arrival and departure gates and times, fuel prices and availability, and much more. You can also get the â€œPoints of Interestâ€ (POI) download, which allows the representative to send addresses and phone numbers to your vehicle. This information can then be transferred to your BMW Navigation system for route guidance or for calling from your Bluetooth linked mobile phone.
3-Spoke Leather-Wrapped Multi-Function Sport Steering Wheel
The 3 Series Sedan now features a 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone. Visit your authorized BMW Center or bmwusa.com/bluetooth for a list of BMW-tested mobile phones.
Automatic Climate Control
Automatic climate control includes: micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left and right temperature controls for passengers and the driver. As well as temperature, radio and volume controls, and rear outlets for the backseat passengers. Other highlights of this feature include the windshield misting sensor and the MAX A/C function.
Comfort Access system offers an even greater degree of convenience: keyless access to your car. Simply carrying the key in a pocket allows you to unlock the doors by touching the door handle. And now you can also open the trunk when your arms are full of groceries or luggage by simply moving your foot under the center of the rear bumper.
Full Speech Recognition
The newest Navigation System features a full speech recognition function, which allows drivers to compose text messages or emails with their voices. In addition, calendar entries and text-based messages can be read aloud to drivers through the iDrive operating system.
iDrive 4.2: Now with Touchpad
The new iDrive 4.2 Navigation system showcases an optimized menu display with state-of-the-art technologies, like advanced real-time traffic data. And, a new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad makes it easy for drivers on the go to enter destinations, phone numbers and more.
Part of ConnectedDrive, BMW Apps lets you access social networks, music plug-ins and video playback through your iPhone®, and see them on the display screen (requires Navigation). Tune in to web radio and search for stations from around the globe by name, location or genre. You can store your favorite entries on your iPhone so you can take them with you from one vehicle to another. Access content from your Twitter and Facebook accounts to stay on top of what's happening with friends and family, and enjoy music on-demand with Pandora® Radio.
Harman Kardon® Surround Sound System
It's a sound experience as remarkable as the BMW driving experience. Unlike traditional stereo systems, the optional Harman Kardon®Surround Sound System uses vehicle-specific equalizing, and a powerful 600W amplifier, to deliver powerful, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth. The result: a scintillating audio performance that pumps the highest definition soundtrack to the open road. The 16-speaker system also includes six tweeters, six mid-range speakers, two bass speakers located under the front seats, one mid-range speaker and one tweeter in the instrument panel.
SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio
Welcome to the world of SiriusXM™. With the Sirius All Access package, you'll hear every channel available in your BMW including commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment and all of our premium programming. You'll also get SiriusXM™ Internet Radio, so you can bring SiriusXM™ with you wherever you go-on your computer, smartphone and tablet. It's our ultimate package, giving you everything you want, everywhere you want to listen. If your BMW is equipped with iDrive, you can also select SiriusXM™ channels through your vehicle's iDrive system or voice command, and enter them into the programmable memory buttons.
Performance & Efficiency
2.0-Liter, TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder Engine, 180 hp
Small is the next big idea in engines - namely, BMW's mighty inline four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo. Displacing just 2.0 liters, this 180-hp marvel generates 200 lb-ft of torque at just 1250 rpm, for potent thrust that kicks in right from the start and continues all the way up to 4500 rpm. Lightweight and smooth-running, it incorporates BMW's award-winning High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic and double-VANOS technologies. Its dynamic performance is equaled by spectacular fuel efficiency, taking you further on every gallon of gas.
8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission
The high-performance 8-speed automatic transmission provides extremely fast synchronized shifting. By increasing the number of gears to eight, the transmission provides a more efficient shifting sequence and improved fuel economy. Includes Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) with Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When in Sport mode, shifts can be generated via the console-mounted shift lever or the paddle shifters. The close spacing of the gear ratios of the optional 8-speed sport automatic transmission enables maximum use of the optimum rev range, significantly lowering fuel consumption and enhancing shift comfort.
Red lights, traffic jams, train crossings - in everyday driving situations there are countless instances where the engine is idling, unnecessarily burning fuel. The Auto Start-Stop function automatically switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary and the driver engages the brake. This only happens when energy is not needed for anything else - such as for the air-conditioning system and rear window defroster - and as soon as the driver's foot leaves the brake pedal, the engine starts up again. It's a seamless and comfortable way to save fuel and protect the environment.
Brake Energy Regeneration
To supply a battery with electrical energy, the generator (alternator) is usually driven using engine power, which requires fuel. With Brake Energy Regeneration, the generator produces electricity when the driver brakes or takes a foot off the accelerator. Kinetic energy that was previously unharnessed is transformed into electrical energy, then fed into the battery. In this way, electricity is generated without consuming fuel.
vECO PRO Mode teaches interested drivers to become fuel-efficient experts. Depending on individual driving style, it can result in a fuel savings of up to 20%. To motivate the driver, the additional miles gained are displayed as a bonus range by the on-board computer.
ECO PRO Mode uses engine management software to adjust the engine's output characteristics-the automatic transmission upshifts sooner and remains in a higher gear longer. And for the first time, ECO PRO also includes a â€œcoasting mode,â€ on cars equipped with automatic transmission, where the powertrain is decoupled as soon as the driver backs off the accelerator at speeds between 30 and 100 mph, eliminating engine braking to improve fuel efficiency.
Safety & Security
Park Distance Control
Eight sensors - four in the front, four in the rear - help you judge how close you are to other vehicles and unseen objects when parking. And in coordination with Rear View, Park Distance Control lets you know if your vehicle can fit in a space before you begin backing in.
BMW Assist eCall™ and TeleServices
In an emergency, BMW Assist eCall™, now standard in most BMWs, automatically sends your location and relevant information to police and EMT services, saving critical time when you need it most. Also standard with BMW TeleServices, your BMW knows exactly when the next servicing appointment is coming up and informs you about any maintenance requirements. Your BMW Service Center will call you to arrange an appointment. Wherever you are, your BMW Service Center is at your side.
Rear-view camera clearly shows the area behind the vehicle in the Control Display. Working in conjunction with Park Distance Control, interactive guidelines in the Control Display help the driver by showing whether a selected parking space can accommodate the vehicle. Parking trajectories, as well as turn angles, are also shown in the display.
Xenon Adaptive Headlights
Our Xenon Adaptive Headlights with distinctive corona rings began as a groundbreaking idea that went on to become a major advancement in safety. Using an electromechanical system, our adaptive headlights follow the direction of the wheels. So as you begin cornering, the headlights turn into and around the bend, which allows you to see more of the road, sooner. Xenon lights, another BMW innovation, help provide clarity by emitting twice as much light as halogen light, while using half as much energy.
2014 BMW 3-Series
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Entry-level luxury cars dominate premium-brand vehicle sales in the United States. These are the cars people buy when they get that big promotion at work, and the BMW 3 Series has long been a favorite with consumers and critics alike. There's good reason for its success. The 3 Series comes with some of the most powerful and fuel-efficient four- and six-cylinder engines in this class and arguably the nicest interior furnishings. It also has a reputation for providing sporty handling and a fun overall driving experience. Although the current-generation car puts more priority on ride comfort than previous versions, the 2014 BMW 3 Series remains enjoyable whether you're seeking out roads less traveled or just driving to the office.
The 2014 model year brings plenty of change for the 3 Series line. The BMW 3 Series wagon returns to the lineup early in the model year after taking 2013 off, and it shares its platform architecture and engines with the 3 Series sedan. This time around the wagon is all-wheel drive only. Meanwhile, the 3 Series coupe and convertible are history, as the redesigned versions of these cars will be part of the 2014 4 Series line.
BMW is also introducing a brand-new engine for 2014, and if your heart bleeds for mpg, you're probably going to like this 2.0-liter, turbocharged diesel four-cylinder. Rated at 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, this engine is extremely efficient, as rear-drive diesel 3 Series sedans have a 37 mpg combined EPA rating (as well as a 45 mpg highway rating), while the AWD 328d wagon carries a 35 mpg combined rating. Although the 2014 328d sedan and wagon won't be as quick as other 3 Series models, they won't exactly be slow either, as the automaker estimates they'll deliver you to 60 mph in the low 7-second range.
The high fuel economy numbers on the diesel BMW 3 Series will make the potent but pricey ActiveHybrid3 sedan an even tougher sell this year (it rates only 33 mpg on the highway), but every other 2014 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon is worth serious consideration. No competitive cars can quite match the BMW's combination of fantastic road manners, high-end interior furnishings and outright refinement. If you only test-drive one entry-level luxury car this year, let it be the 2014 BMW 3 Series.
New for 2014
The 3 Series wagon returns, as it has finally received the same redesign the sedan got in 2012. In addition, a new four-cylinder diesel engine joins the 2014 BMW 3 Series lineup. It's available on both the sedan and wagon. There is no 3 Series coupe or convertible for 2014, as BMW has transitioned those body styles to the new 4 Series line.
Body Style, Trim Levels, and Options
Currently, the 2014 BMW 3 Series is available only in the wagon body style. The 328i xDrive model will be offered initially, with the diesel-powered 328d xDrive wagon joining the lineup later. The 2014 3 Series sedan will arrive in late summer 2013; until then, please refer to our 2013 3 Series review for information on the sedan.
The 328i xDrive wagon comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, driver memory functions, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, Bluetooth, the iDrive electronics interface with a 6.5-inch display, and a premium sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
BMW offers four optional equipment lines -- Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport -- that include different wheel designs, color schemes, trim types, seats and steering wheels and even suspension tuning. Meanwhile, the Technology package provides a hard-drive-based navigation system (with 20GB available for personal music storage), a higher-resolution 8.8-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, real-time traffic data, BMW Apps (a suite of apps for iPhones, including Pandora and Stitcher), BMW Remote Services (which allows both Apple and Android users to lock the car remotely and turn on the climate control, among various other tasks) and a head-up display.
The Premium package is your ticket to leather upholstery, a keyless ignition and a power liftgate that can be opened by swiping your foot under the bumper, while the Driver Assistance package provides a rearview camera (that also shows top and side views of the car), front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring. If that's not enough help, you can also purchase an automated parking system. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds a lane departure warning system and a speed limit info display. The Cold Weather package heats every seat in the car plus the steering wheel, and the Dynamic Handling package bundles the sportier suspension tune from the M Sport line with variable-ratio steering. The Lighting package provides adaptive bi-xenon headlights. Adaptive cruise control and an upgraded Harman Kardon audio system are Ã la carte extras.
Powertrains and Performance
2014 BMW 3 Series sedans offer a choice between rear-wheel drive and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system, while AWD is standard on 3 Series wagons. A six-speed manual is available on sedans, but the wagon comes only with an eight-speed automatic transmission (optional on the sedan). Automatic-equipped 3 Series cars with the Sport or M Sport package have a "sport" version of this transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. Both transmissions come with an automatic stop-start function that turns off the engine when the car stops in order to save fuel.
The 328i model uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder rated at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates for the automatic-equipped 328i are 23 mpg city (22 for the wagon), 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. These are outstanding numbers for this class.
Later in the 2014 model year, you'll see a 320i sedan, a 328d sedan and wagon, a 335i sedan and the ActiveHybrid3 sedan. The 320i has a less powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are 24 city/36 highway and 28 mpg combined for a rear-drive sedan with the automatic (23/36/27 with the manual).
The 328d models have a 2.0-liter, turbocharged diesel four-cylinder rated at 180 hp and a heady 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine only comes with the automatic regardless of which body style you choose. Rear-drive 328d sedans are rated 32 city/45 highway and 37 combined, while the 328d xDrive sedan and wagon are both rated 31/43/35.
The 335i sedan has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. With the automatic, it's just as fuel-efficient as the 328i, boasting a 26 mpg combined EPA rating. Getting the manual gearbox drops the combined rating to 23 mpg. With AWD, you're looking at 1 or 2 combined mpg less.
Finally, there's the ActiveHybrid3, which pairs the 335i's engine with the eight-speed automatic, a rear-drive electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This combination provides 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The ActiveHybrid3 sedan is quick, as BMW claims it will hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, but don't expect huge mpg numbers, as the EPA rates it at just 23 city/35 highway and 28 mpg combined.
In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped 328i sedan covered zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds, while an automatic 328i M Sport sedan did it in 5.4 seconds -- in both cases, quicker than any of the car's four-cylinder competition.
Every 2014 BMW 3 Series comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.
The stability control system integrates several features designed to improve braking performance, such as periodically wiping the brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers are in use and automatically snugging the pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the throttle. BMW Assist emergency communications is standard and includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery and on-demand roadside assistance. A visit to the options list will provide parking sensors (front and rear), a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system and an automated parking system.
In Edmunds brake testing, a 328i sedan with 18-inch summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 115 feet, while the 328i M Sport stopped in 109 feet -- average distances for an entry-level luxury sedan with summer tires.
In government crash testing, the sedan received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, plus four stars for frontal protection and five for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests. It received the second-worst rating of "Marginal" in the Institute's new small overlap front crash test, but few cars have been subjected to this test, and a majority received a similar rating or worse.
Interior design and Special Features
Although the 3 Series cabin has a contemporary feel, BMW has taken pains to make sure it's still a comfortable and inviting place. The company's classic analog gauges provide a historical link with BMWs of previous decades, while the Luxury, Modern, Sport and M Sport give you plenty of leeway to customize the cabin to your taste. Materials quality within the cabin is exceptional, and it's all put together with care.
The basic 6.5-inch display screen is adequate, but you'll want to get the larger, optional screen for a true, luxury electronics interface. Although early versions of BMW's iDrive electronics interface had a reputation for being complicated and frustrating to use, this latest version ranks near the top of the entry-level luxury car class for sheer ease of use. The menu structure is straightforward, the graphics are crisp and processing times are quick, which helps minimize the amount of time you spend looking away from the road. That said, new owners should sit down and familiarize themselves with iDrive before hitting the road, because it's still a complex system and you can't master everything while the car's in motion.
The base-model seats are comfortable and supportive, while the purpose-built seats in the sport packages are even more so. If rear-seat accommodations are a priority, you won't find a more spacious backseat in the entry-luxury car class. Rear legroom is particularly impressive. Trunk space is above average in the sedan (13 cubic feet), while the wagon offers a maximum cargo capacity of 53 cubic feet with its seats folded. That's more than BMW's X1 and basically equal to the Audi Allroad.
2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
It's not just the striking look or spacious interior that makes the all-new BMW 3 Series xDrive Gran Turismo so alluring. It's the way the sporty yet elegant character of the coupe is fused with an extraordinary amount of space, giving you the very best of both worlds.
Small is the next big idea in engines - namely, BMW's mighty inline four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo. Displacing just 2.0 liters, this 240-hp marvel generates 260 lb-ft of torque at just 1250 rpm, for potent thrust that kicks in right from the start and continues all the way up to 4800 rpm. Light-weight and smooth-running, it incorporates BMW's award-winning High Precision direct Injection, Valvetronic and double-VANOS technologies. Its dynamic performance is equaled by spectacular fuel efficiency, taking you further on every gallon of gas.
Special Offer Details
*2015 320i xDrive Sedan $279*/month for 39 months. $1,000 Holiday Credit included in payment.
Vehicle Registered inside N.Y.
• $279 First months payment
• $3,530 Down payment
• $0 Security Deposit
• $725 Acquisition fee
• $4,534 Cash due at signing
* Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. Lease financing available on new 2015 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan from participating BMW centers on leases assigned to BMW Financial Services through December 01, 2014. Monthly lease payments of $279.00 for 39 months based on MSRP of $37,300.00. $4,534.00 cash due at signing is based on $3,530.00 down payment, $279.00 first month payment, $725.00 acquisition fee, and $.00 security deposit (not all customers will qualify for security deposit waiver). Tax, title, license, registration and dealer fees are additional fees due at signing. Program available from participating BMW dealers to eligible, qualified customers with excellent credit history who meet BMW Financial Services credit requirements. Payments do not include applicable taxes. All figures presented are examples only. Actual MSRP may vary. Lessee responsible for insurance during the lease term and any excess wear and tear as defined in the lease contract, $0.20/mile over 10,000 miles per year and a disposition fee of $350 at lease end. Purchase option at lease end (excluding tax, title, and other government fees) is $23,126.00. Offer valid through December 01, 2014
*2015 328i xDrive Sedan $329/month for 39 months. $1,000 Holiday Credit included in payment.
Vehicle Registered inside N.Y.
• $329 First months payment
• $3,780 Down payment
• $0 Security Deposit
• $725 Acquisition fee
• $4,834 Cash due at signing
* Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. Lease financing available on new 2015 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan from participating BMW centers on leases assigned to BMW Financial Services through December 01, 2014. Monthly lease payments of $329.00 for 39 months based on MSRP of $43,500.00. $4,834.00 cash due at signing is based on $3,780.00 down payment, $329.00 first month payment, $725.00 acquisition fee, and $.00 security deposit (not all customers will qualify for security deposit waiver). Tax, title, license, registration and dealer fees are additional fees due at signing. Program available from participating BMW dealers to eligible, qualified customers with excellent credit history who meet BMW Financial Services credit requirements. Payments do not include applicable taxes. All figures presented are examples only. Actual MSRP may vary. Lessee responsible for insurance during the lease term and any excess wear and tear as defined in the lease contract, $0.20/mile over 10,000 miles per year and a disposition fee of $350 at lease end. Purchase option at lease end (excluding tax, title, and other government fees) is $27,405.00. Offer valid through December 01, 2014